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Career and Technical Education

Applied Learning: Innovative Pathways to Success

Jean-Claude Brizard | Posted 10.19.2016 | Education
Jean-Claude Brizard

Our nation is confronting a growing challenge. Once the dominant economic force in the world, we currently face a flattened or "tilted" world in which companies and jobs continue to move to other countries as a consequence of the globalization of industries and employers' need for skilled workers.

Is The "T" In STEM Supposed To Be Silent?

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 10.04.2016 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

One thing is certain in higher education--we love a good acronym. Our college campuses are absolutely littered with them. It seems like the name of ev...

What do students think of technical school?

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 09.22.2016 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

We rarely consult with students in the education sector. Generally, adults design the curriculum, regulations, and training environments, occasionally...

How This Tech Training Program Helped Build My Future

America's Promise Alliance | Posted 03.10.2017 | Education
America's Promise Alliance

Naya Moss, 21, was having a tough time with school and getting the job she wanted until she came across a tech nonprofit, Per Scholas. This blog is p...

Measuring the 'Gap' in the Skills Gap

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 01.13.2017 | Business
Dr. Bill R. Path

The skills gap is the popular term used to describe the perceived disparity between those who are unemployed looking for a job and companies with jobs looking for employees. More specifically, it is the mismatch between the needs of employers for skilled talent and the unavailability of those specific skills within the workforce.

'You're Too Smart For That'

Sothy Eng | Posted 08.14.2016 | Education
Sothy Eng

While everyone was busy telling me that I'm too smart for this, I was busy getting ahead. Other people's opinion is none of your business, but it is your responsibility to demonstrate through excellence that your work is something to be valued.

How I Paved my Unique Path with Career Path High

GenDIY | Posted 06.25.2016 | Education

Ellie Northrop I started my high school career in a traditional, brick and mortar district school. By the third term of my sophomore year my at...

I Got a Good Job Right Out of High School Thanks to CTE

Joseph Neyhart | Posted 06.11.2016 | Education
Joseph Neyhart

Not many people can say they got a job -- a good job, the kind that marks the beginning of a real career -- right out of high school. But I can.

'When Will I Ever Use This? And Why Am I Even Here?'

Mauricio Gonzalez | Posted 06.11.2016 | Education
Mauricio Gonzalez

I believe in CTE because it lifts up underrepresented kids and gives them a chance to rise above the poverty line. It evens out the playing field, makes middle-class jobs not only more understandable, but more democratically accessible to the common Joe on the street. And that's something worth fighting for.

Automation, Productivity, and Human Capital in Latin America

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 06.08.2015 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

As Latin America comes down from a decade of growth based on exporting commodities at high world prices, it faces the next challenge: transitioning to a higher-productivity economy.

Young Adults Taking on How to Increase Opportunity in America

Paul Kendrick | Posted 04.13.2015 | Impact
Paul Kendrick

America has a crisis right now around opportunity for young people. The American Dream -- that belief that through hard work and perseverance you can build a better life -- is in peril for a generation.

We Need Young People Working: Here's What This Congress Can Do

Paul Kendrick | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Paul Kendrick

The 114th Congress has an opportunity to fundamentally shift American life. To do so, though, they must overcome cynical calculations that have become too common when it comes to young people and politics.

The Promise of Career and Technical Education

Randi Weingarten | Posted 01.15.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Policymakers, business, labor and community can come together to make CTE a thriving component of our 21st-century education system -- and with it, an engine that helps more young people have access to good jobs and the American dream.

Preparing Students for 21st Century Jobs at McDonald's

Alan Singer | Posted 12.30.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

On the NOCTI exam 13% of the questions on the test are on the identification of Hand Tools, Herbs, Spices, and Flavorings; 13% are on Knife Skills; and 74% are on Cooking Skills.

Maximum Heart Strings, Robotics, and the Minimum Wage Debate

Wendy N. Powell | Posted 08.02.2014 | Business
Wendy N. Powell

In our hashtag world, the debate rages on about increasing the federal minimum wage. Proponents of raising the minimum wage in incremental increases f...

Is Shop Class the Answer?

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 07.30.2014 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

While encouraging more students to pursue a technical degree may seem attractive for the short term, the long view suggests that a wholesale shift away from encouraging all those who can to pursue a college degree will significantly affect their career longevity.

Allies in Addressing the Nation's Skills Gap

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 06.17.2014 | Education
Dr. Bill R. Path

It is going to take more than finger pointing and misdirection to solve the workforce problems before us. We still have too many employers with technical jobs they cannot fill and too many unskilled job seekers without suitable employment.

The Global Search for Education: The World Test?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 03.15.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"The more important questions that countries have to ask themselves are why they are comparing with one another and what they are doing with the findi...

Connecting Students to the Workforce in Washington, D.C.

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 02.04.2014 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

Part of the problem in D.C., and nationwide, is the stigma that comes from not pursuing a traditional, college-oriented high school diploma. Our obsession with four-year colleges is certainly one of the reasons why disconnected youth see dropping out as their only other option.

Closing the Opportunity Gap

Alex Wirth | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Alex Wirth

This month's release of the Opportunity Nation index highlighted a figure we should all be concerned about: 5.8 million young people ages 16-24, one in every seven, are neither working or in school.

Joy Resmovits

Why Obama Is Suddenly Starting To Care About Career Education | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics

DAYTON, Ohio -- On a gusty, rainy, recent afternoon, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sat on stage next to two students, an administrator and a...

The Remarkable Sister Mark - Technical College Grad is Meeting Dental Needs in Africa

Lee Rasch | Posted 10.30.2013 | Impact
Lee Rasch

For well over a dozen years, thousands of people received dental care from a very remarkable woman in Shisong, Cameroon. In the late 1990s, the Terti...

For Students With Disabilities, Career and Technical Education Programs Offer More Than Just a Trade

Todd Grindal | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Todd Grindal

Career and technical education deserves a place in any discussion of how schools can better support students with disabilities in high school. Students with disabilities face many challenges as they prepare to enter an increasingly competitive labor market.

Two High School Tracks With Diverging Goals

The Technician | Posted 05.07.2013 | College
The Technician

I'd like to know what McCrory wanted to do when he was entering high school as a teenager. I agree with the General Assembly that the state needs to train workers for technical fields, but education -- in its foundation -- should not be viewed as a means to end of training laborers.

The College Path Is Not the Only One

The Technician | Posted 04.27.2013 | College
The Technician

By Trey Ferguson Not everyone needs a college degree. This is a tough pill for most of us to swallow, due to the educational path we have chosen, b...